Awesome new online business resources


Our resident Business Librarian Legend Colette Smith-Stong has compiled some cool info about some new business resources all from Adam Matthew Digital in the UK.

Global Commodities – Trade, Exploration and Cultural Exchange

This service focuses on the history of 15 significant commodities which have changed the world – whose stories are often intertwined:
Chocolate/Coffee/Cotton/Fur/Oil/Opium/Porcelain/Silver & Gold/Spices/Sugar/Tea/Timber/Tobacco/Wheat/Wine & Spirits

Each commodity is documented through a range of original manuscripts, maps, posters, paintings, photos, and books from over 20 key libraries
and more than a dozen companies and trade organizations around the world.  Topics covered include: advertising and consumption, production, ecology and environment, global trade, health and welfare, politics and empire, transportation. Types of materials included from specialist collections also include. business accounts, correspondence, pamphlets, statistical records and government reports.

Foreign Office Files, China (1919-1948)

[Not yet held; compilation in progress – forthcoming over 2013/2014. A companion archive to Foreign Office online document holdings of China  for the 1949-1980 period already held at Griffith]

From the National Archives, UK.  This database is divided into 3 collections of full text documents from the Foreign Office which cover early 20th century Chinese political periods:

  • Section 1: 1919-1929  Kuomintang, CCP and the Third International
  • Section 2: 1930-1937  The Long March, Civil War in China and the Manchurian Crisis
  • Section 3: 1938-1948  Open Door, Japanese War and the seeds of Communist victory

Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980

From the National Archives, UK.  This database is divided into 3 collections of full text documents from the Foreign Office which cover South Asian countries from shortly before Indian partition and independence up to 1980.

  • Section 1: 1947-1964 Independence, Partition and the Nehru era
  • Section 2: 1964-1971 South Asian conflicts and independence for Bangladesh
  • Section 3: 1972-1980 Afghanistan and the Cold War, emergency rule in India, and resumption of civilian rule in Pakistan

China: Culture and Society

The Charles W. Wason Pamphlet Collection, Cornell University. Digitized in full color, and spanning 3 centuries (ca.1750-1929), this resource makes available and full text searchable many rare pamphlets on East Asia, particularly China.  Scope of the collection includes addresses and speeches, essays, journals, lectures and reports covering many social, economic and historical topics, e.g. trade and commerce, missionary work, games and pastimes, customs and traditions, colonial rule, opium trade and smuggling, politics and policy.  In addition are included secondary resources – scholarly essays, an interactive chronology, and mini-guides to the collection.